Welcome to


June 2-5, 2019

Mount Saint Vincent University

K'jipuktuk (Halifax, NS)


Your invitation



Join us in June and bring it all—your stories and experience, your questions and challenges, an open heart and an open mind.

At THRIVE we’ll shine new light on our work, dig deeper into places we get stuck, ask big questions, and form new friendships with people we wouldn’t usually meet.

This year’s theme is relationship-building. We are learning that “how we thrive” begins with how we live and work together here in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded ancestral land of the Mi’kmaq.

We hope to see you in June!

The Design & Incubation teams


Voices from 2018



“Thank you so much for the gathering. I am really rocked by it, in so many ways. My world is bigger, I feel like I can see further, deeper, and feel much more connected." —Jayme Melrose, Common Roots Urban Farm

"THRIVE has allowed me to see that it is not just Indigenous people who care about fixing relationships and honouring our past and future. This gathering has given me a new glimpse of hope.”  —Jasmine Collins, Glooscap First Nation

“I learned lots, met some great folks, and came away re-invigorated.” —Paul Shakotko, Inspiring Communities

“I have made so many valuable connections and am enlightened by listening to and experiencing community-based enterprises, ideas and experiments." —Jena Lokapriya, KPMG


What we’ll do


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Big conversations, small groups, meal breaks, movement, art, music, quiet walks on wooded trails…we’ll have lots of opportunity to check in with old friends, make new connections, and engage new allies.

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Our home base is a nine-hour learning stream for 15-30 people. Each stream introduces hands-on tools and practices for thriving in our teams, communities and systems.

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Together we are creating a safe space to stretch our thinking, unlearn patterns that no longer serve us, and apply creative approaches and ways of knowing and doing to our work.

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We are growing our capacity to thrive—in ourselves and our communities—no matter what the future may bring. We are linking with others and seeing our work as part of a bigger movement to regenerate the systems that sustain us.







Sun. June 2

1:00 pm Registration

2:00 pm Arriving. Includes Indigenous-led ceremony, teaching and song.

5:30 pm Dinner

6:30 pm Together we thrive. Pecha Kucha story-telling. Open to the public.

8:30 pm Depart



Mon. June 3

8:30 am Introducing themes for the day

9:30 am Learning streams

1:00 pm Lunch & networking

2:30 pm Glimpses of thriving (break-outs)

5:00 pm Harvest

5:45 pm Open (dinner off-site)



Tues. June 4

8:30 am Reflection

9:30 am Learning streams

1:00 pm Lunch & networking

2:30 pm Moving forward

5:30 pm Dinner

6:30 pm Arts evening



Wed. June 5

8:30 am Reflection

9:30 am Learning streams

1:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Reflections and Indigenous-led closing

3:30 pm Depart



What is this?

How We Thrive doesn’t fit neatly into any one box. It’s longer and more in-depth than a conference. It’s a gathering of peers coming together to learn from each other. Yet there are also artists, speakers and streams led by experienced facilitators. Thrive offers practical tools, tips and resources, and it is also a place for creative exploration, big ideas and provocative questions. Thrive is a place where we each see our work within a bigger context. It is a space that we create and evolve together.


Who is it for?

Anyone working to make a difference in their community, whether on the ground or at the systems level. Many people who come see what needs to change and have a vision for “how we thrive.” They’ve also discovered that there are no quick fixes or easy solutions. They see that our greatest challenge and opportunity is to come together across silos and “build the road as we walk it.” Sometimes this means challenging our own biases about the “other” and sometimes it means collaborating and working in new ways. Most people come to Thrive to do this kind of learning, unlearning and relationship-building. They also come to reflect, find inspiration, and gain new allies and skills for the road ahead.

What does it cost?

Fees help cover the cost of organizing and hosting the event. In addition, financial and in-kind contributions from volunteers and partners reduce fees and make it possible to offer a limited number of scholarships. This year, we are able to offer an additional 50 bursaries in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia.


Regular: $625

Nonprofit/student: $480

Thrive scholarships: variable

Bursaries: $30 (applications open until May 3rd)

Find out more about fees and onsite accommodations.

Can I come for one or two days?

The Pecha Kucha story-telling on Sunday evening is open to the public and everyone is welcome. Because the sessions build on each other, the rest of Thrive is closed to partial attendance.